Solar eclipse of May 22, 1724
|Solar eclipse of May 22, 1724|
|Type of eclipse|
|Duration||273 sec (4 m 33 s)|
|Max. width of band||247 km (153 mi)|
|Saros||133 (29 of 72)|
|Catalog # (SE5000)||8847|
A total solar eclipse occurred on May 22, 1724. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is larger than the Sun's, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness. Totality occurs in a narrow path across Earth's surface, with the partial solar eclipse visible over a surrounding region thousands of kilometres wide.
This solar eclipse crossed the United Kingdom near sunset, north-west to south-east track, from southern Wales and Devon in the west, eastwards to Hampshire and Sussex, but passing to the south of London. It was to be 203 years before a total solar eclipse was next witnessed from the British mainland.
It is a part of solar Saros 133.
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